So here’s what went down since you logged off.
As if we don’t have enough
weather possible natural disaster to worry about: a magnitude 3.7 earthquake struck south Texas this morning at 4:51 a.m., according to the US Geological Survey. The Chronicle’s SciGuy has more.
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Location, location, location – it seems Houston’s poor air quality may be due, in part, to close proximity to the coast. A new study shows sea salt may be the culprit.
Because criminals care about the environment, too. Chemists have developed a test that will detect the presence of ‘green’ (lead-free) ammunition. Check out the link for a great picture of a single gunshot residue particle that has been magnified 200 times.
So now I have to worry whether my Mac thinks I’m having a good hair day? Scientists at Tel Aviv University claim they’ve taught a computer to recognize beauty in women. Researcher Amit Kagian says it’s the next step towards artificial intelligence. I say, where’s the program that evaluates attractiveness for your gender, Mr. Kagian?
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I still wouldn’t want to meet one in a dark alley, but alligators may be our new best friend. Researchers have discovered proteins in alligator blood that may fight “superbugs” that don’t resond to conventional medications – as well as infections associated with diabetic ulcers, severe burns and AIDS.